Archive for April, 2015

He Will Never Learn.

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This is going to turn into a game.

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Poor Life Choices

Don’t do a beer bracket with imperial stouts. Just…don’t.

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But of course, we did.

Time to warm up, stretch those hammies.

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Not good enough, still have some knots in my livery bits.

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Getting closer…

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Okay, feelin’ nice and warmed up. Let’s do this.

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First match-up: Westbrook 4th Anniversary vs Westbrook 3rd Anniversary: Both are tasty, but Westbrook 3rd squeaked past because the 4th Anniversary tried to juggle too many adjuncts.

Winner: Westbrook 3rd Anniversary

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Next up, Westbrook Mexican Cake vs Alesmith Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Speedway Stout (jesus it’s a long name): As much as I like Mexican Cake, Speedway wins hands down with its delicious cold-brew coffee flavor. One person who claimed to hate coffee actually liked it. We’ll save her hate for coffee for another time.

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Block 15 Super Nebula vs Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout: BCBCS unanimously wins here. If it were a different vintage of Super Nebula, things could easily be different.

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Three Floyds Dark Lord vs Central Waters 16: Dark Lord…….loses by a country mile. You could have put this up against Bud Light Chelada and it would still lose. Central Waters 16 laughs all the way to our livers.

Westbrooke 4th Anniversary vs. Alesmith Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Speedway: Speedway wins.

BCBCS vs Central Waters 16: CW 16 wins by a slim margin. First time it actually had a decent opponent too.

Speedway vs CW16: CW squeaks by with a 1-vote discrepancy between it and Speedway.

God my everything hurts.

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THIS IS NOT HELPING, but I like it.

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Still not helping, but I also like it. Look at that guy’s face in the reflection of the tulip glass. Looks like Slenderman.

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WILL IT BLEND?! WILL IT?!!!!!!

Kind of.

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Thank god it’s not a stout. Winner!

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This was a stupid decision.

Commons V3.0

Commons opened up their brand new space on Friday, the 28th, but I was still in Colorado, so I did my best and visited the day after. But first, I dropped into Upright for their 6th Anniversary.

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Mmmm, the 6th Anniversary blend is basically the same beer as the 5th Anniversary, with some minor tweaks. It’s very good, better than 5th Anniversary was when it first came out.

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A Wakefield Beer?! /insertjokeaboutreservesocietieshere.

Regardless of the status of their membership program, this strawberry lemonade berliner is pretty good.

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Ahh, the new space for the Commons, it’s beautiful.

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The old 7-barrel system that Commons used to use will be now used for R&D batches.

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So much natural light, this is a much better place than the previous location for Commons.

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Citrus Myrtle: Very tasty and refreshing, bring summer on. Can’t wait to crush this crisp, lightly tart and fruity beer in 80+ degree weather.

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Oh that’s right, there’s now a cheese window at Commons now too.

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Not a Commons beer, but this was fantastic.

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Commons Buckwheat Grissette: This was also very tasty. Commons might be the new go-to beer for me for drinking outside.

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Oh yeah, this happened too!

The Source

I visited my friend in Boulder for a few days and before I flew out of Denver we stopped by the Source on the way to the airport. One of the coolest places I’ve been to in a long time.

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It’s a re-purposed steel mill that now houses several great restaurants, a cheesemonger, a butcher shop, some nifty art pieces, a liquor store, and….

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Crooked Motherfucking Stave.

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My inner beer geek squealed a bit. I had a great time there and can’t wait until the Crooked Stave guys come to Portland for the Craft Beer Conference.

Bourbon?!

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Yep, cause I can’t be drinking beer all the time.

RIP Bogart

My friend’s family dog passed away after a long battle with cancer. The end of his life consisted of eating T-bone steaks and barking at the families of raccoons that lived on the property. Little to his knowledge, his humans had been going through 50 lb bags of dog food each week in order attract the raccoons for Bogart to bark at.

RIP Bogart, the stalwart guardian of the house, protecting it from the vicious raccoons that threatened his humans every night.

I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the dog in the darkness. I am the watcher at the door. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to this House, for this night and all the nights to come.

…and now his watch has ended.

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Tasting at Growler Guys

My liver was not in the greatest shape last Sunday, and there was a bottle share that afternoon. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and rally. This was one of those days.

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Notice the baby pours. The brain is strong, but the liver is weak and tender.

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Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #1: Super roasty and delicious. A long time ago we went through the Madness and Civilization set, and #1 was the tastiest. Fast forward half a year or so, and the beer is still fantastic.

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10 Barrel Cucumber Crush: Okay, this feels much better.

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Cigar City Double Barrel Hunahpu’s: Look at the upper left corner. His expression basically tells you how good the beer is. That is all.

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Hill Farmstead Norma: Really delicious, but it’s such a pain in the butt to trade for now! BAH VERMONT HOARDERS!!!!

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Westbrook Tequila Barrel Mexican Cake: This is the best use for tequila. It’s a terrible liquid but it isn’t so bad once it’s used to age beer! Yay beer!

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De Garde Imperial Blackberry Bu: Very tasty, but this bottle gushes. Beware.

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Toppling Goliath Assassin: This is much better than the last time I tried it. I did try batch 1 the first time, so it might just be a difference in batches. Anyways, this beer is great and is very tasty. That being said, don’t get raped on the beer forums in order to get one.

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Again, upper left for beer rating.

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DUCK DUCK GOOZE!

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15-hit combo.